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Booby trap

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January 11th, 2010

In the 18th and 19th centuries, a booby trap was not the sinister device that it is today. Instead, it was intended as a harmless practical joke consisting, for example, of a bucket of water carefully positioned above a partially opened door. But by the turn of the century--namely around World War I--booby traps referred to setups meant to kill rather than humiliate. Today, this usage stands as the most commonly understood of the two." In Vietnam, soldiers in the jungle had to be cautious of booby traps."